Archive | September, 2009

Our (not so productive) Labor Day Weekend

12 Sep
A very full rain barrel

A very full rain barrel

So I was all excited to get a bunch of stuff done around the house over the Labor Day weekend as both Jimmy and I would have a long 3-day weekend (of course my weekends are un-ending at this point…) Then, as it often happens in the Puget Sound, the rain came and spoiled my plans. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain, but I love it more when I don’t have outdoor projects to be working on. So, due to the rain there were several projects that took three days to complete (during the brief sun breaks we had) and several projects that we couldn’t do at all 😦

Pouring water collected in buckets on the deck to the rain barrel

Pouring collected H2O into the barrel

On one end of the patio the bricks are getting washed away because the idiots who sold us this house never re-attached the down spout on the gutters after painting the house. We decided that we wanted to take advantage of the situation and get a rain barrel for that down spout as there is no good place for the drain to run to. We bought a rain barrel from a guy in town – his website is: www.naturalrainwater.com for those of you in the area who might be interested in getting one. The only down side to getting a rain barrel in the Puget Sound is that when you have torrential downpour off and on for 3 days your rain barrel fills up quickly. I had to don my rubber boots and the rain suit I had bought for camping in order to go out and attach a hose to the top outlet so that if it got full that it would drain out from both the spigot at the bottom and the outlet at the top.
Removing damaged sections

Removing damaged sections

Even so, Jimmy and I had to cover the top at one point to allow the water to drain out – it took about 45 minutes for the 60 gallon barrel to empty! Of course before we got the rain barrel into
Making sand castles is WAY more fun!

Making sand castles is WAY more fun!

place and hooked up we had to try and fix the patio bricks in the direct vicinity of the barrel as once the barrel is full it can weigh up to 500 lbs. Fixing the bricks was a pain and it didn’t seem to be a permanent fix, I’m sure I will have to mend the spot again soon…

We also managed to get the washer and dryer that came with the house out and our washer and dryer put in their place.

Out with the old

Out with the old

We were also lucky enough to sell them within 24 hours of posting our craigslist ad, and a very nice older couple came and bought them and hauled them off. Thankfully that was one less thing in our garage – at least that was until the next day when we went to Home Depot…

In with the used

In with the used

Jimmy’s parents got us a gift card to Home Depot and they were having a good sale on stuff for fence building, so we took advantage of the sale and got what we needed to build the back fence and a side gate on the property. Unfortunately we think that the cedar might be making Tesla sick, as he has pretty much been throwing up for 4 days
A truck full of lumber

A truck full of lumber

straight. We took him to the vet and he got an anti-nausea shot, which then made him foam and drool which was freaky. We finally decided that we should let him sleep in the house last night (instead of the garage with the cedar) to see if he would feel better the next day. It seems to have worked, so we’ll have to see how he does tomorrow after we make him sleep in the garage again. We’re really hoping it’s not the cedar as we are not sure where we could store it other than in the garage…

One tired lumberjack

One tired lumberjack

Zen Tesla before he started feeling poorly

Zen Tesla before he started feeling poorly

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Dog Ran

5 Sep
Look at it...mocking me

Look at it...mocking me

Ever since we moved in, this dog run has been the bane of our existence. Sitting in the backyard, taking up a ton of space, constantly reminding us of all the crap the previous owners left us with. So last night I put this up on craigslist:

“Just moved in and the previous owners left a 7.5 feet wide x 12.5 feet long x 6 feet high chain-link dog run. It’s in good condition, but we don’t have a dog. If you take it apart, you can have it!”

Checked back about an hour later. 70 responses! Wow! My personal favorite was:

“Mom of 4 would appreciate this. Need kennel in order to start in home childcare.”

Yay, it's less of an eyesore!

Yay, it's less of an eyesore!

But while I support the caging of children as much as the next guy, it’s first come, first served. Sorry, sixty-nine other people! So this morning Jim, and his black lab Emma, drove down and picked up the dog run, along with the pet carrier and a Kong chew toy that had been sitting in a literal pile of crap. Emma, make sure he boils that thing before he gives it to you! Jim’s going to add it on to Emma’s current dog run to give her more space to play.

So now we’ve just got a big rectangle of empty dirt. Frankly, I consider it an improvement. Thanks Jim! Hope Emma likes her new digs!

Kat 1 – Ivy 0

2 Sep

So I finally finished getting rid of the ivy that had been coating the back fence.  The yard waste bins were collected by the trash collectors today, but after only about an hour I filled one of them already.

Now that the ivy is gone it gives you a good idea about why they left the ivy there – because they were lazy, because it takes a lot of work and because the fence looks awful without it’s nice pretty coating of ivy.  Here are some before and after pictures to give you an idea of just how much work I’ve done…

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After

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Kat Victorious

Kat Victorious